What's the funniest work-related memory you have?
I've heard hilarious stories about things at the office, such as crazy questions from customers, or practical jokes co-workers play on each other? What's your funniest work-related story?
I could write a book on this question. However, when I worked in Insurance a lady from New York said a leprechaun stole her automobile.
Well,of all things my manager wanted me to call her, and what an experience from LaLa Land. But I conducted the interview in a professional manner as always---and I really felt sorry for her---because this was real for her.
She said they left Miami together and he made her get out of the car and he left her on the side of the road.
By the time I finished talking to this lady---my migraine had a baby. I swear I did not mean to laugh, but when I finished the claim interview---that is exactly what I did.
I did get in touch with her agent and asked if he had talked to her relatives---because she needed care and was probably out of her meds.
She called me months later to thank me.
I felt so bad for laughing I never did it again---and I had some crazy claims--because I was in charge of Avaition, yachts , bonds and helped with claims.
As a college student attending a private Christian college, I worked at the school's high school bookstore. We used an old DOS-based register system that required the use of function keys to complete inventory tasks.
One day, my supervisor came out of his office and surveyed the customers in the store. Then, he looked at me and a fellow cashier and said, "I am so tired of doing F-this (F9 key) and F-that (F11 key) on that stupid computer in my office!" After he noticed the look of horror on my face, he quickly walked back into his office and did not come out until the end of the day.
I remember at my first job, there was a new employee who kept asking one of the supervisors a boatload of questions. I could tell by the sound of his voice he was so annoyed! lol anyways...to the point...
He called for a 15 min break, she gets up, and opens the door to the....CLOSET!
He then says to her, "Ma'am, thats the closet!!!" LOL LOL
Here's the kicker, the room in the call center we were in had no door to get in and out, so you dont have to worry about closing and opening a door....it was next to the closet!!!
I came in one night to the aircraft maintenance hangar, and found the Boeing 707 four feet deep in foam. I still remember the crew chief running (leaping, hopping) through the (probably fairly toxic) foam with the maintenance record book held high overhead.
What happened was, somebody had decided a good place to put a basketball hoop was right near the big red button to hit in case of fire to spray the aircraft with fire-suppressing foam.
Marcy....I doubt that I can top Bobbi's tale about the leprechaun.....
.but I had an assistant, who although young (late 20's) had a very bright, mature and bubbly personality...beyond her years, IMO.
We became very close, bonding and able to understand one another extremely well.
She had asked me numerous times, how I could tolerate and deal with whining, negative, selfish clients, hour after hour, day after day, without losing my cool or just finally blurting out horrible rants, telling them to grow up, get a life and stop whining?
She had private "nicknames" for these individuals ....that were pretty funny. No one was privy to this info but me and her..........There was one really annoying, rude guy whom she referred to as "A**Hole." (Took the edge off the stress of the job and harmed no one)
One day, as he stood at the desk, making rude nasty comments ......my assistant who had a slight cold, came walking in from the back office, saw him and put the tissue up to her face and pretended to sneeze...."Ah ah ah ahhhhhAssHO!!!! " and just kept walking on by. To this guy, it was a legitimate sneeze....but of course, I knew better and I lost it........I went into uncontrollable laughter.....tears streaming down my face....I had to sit down and every time I tired to stop, it got worse......(like laughing in church)........
This man was so angry at me, he stormed out........thinking I was laughing at what he thought were "serious issues.".........I didn't even care.....I could barely breathe. he never came back.. I gave her a raise!!
There are a ton .
Once I remember slipping on the floor of my bank's lobby in the presence of about a 100 customers . One of my colleague laughed out loud while others either refrained from laughing or came forward to give me a hand. Everyone noticed that I was embarrassed because of his outburst . In a short time , he too slipped on the same floor. This time all of us bursted out .. he himself did ... lol
There are many such .. thanks for this question . Got me nostalgic
I worked at an engineering company as an administrative assistant when I first started my career. One day I went to run some copies and there were four engineers surrounding the copier. They were banging on it, opening doors, checking trays, etc. I asked them what was wrong. They said the dang machine wouldn't work! I looked in back of the machine and discovered someone had unplugged the machine. I reached back hooked it up and "presto" it was back in service. They all sheepishly thanked me and walked away. I would have referred to the joke.. How many engineers does it take to fix a copier?.. but I'm just not that mean.
I rookie EMT was in the back of the ambulance and when I was pulling out of the station (for dinner, not an emergency call) he turned his seat and pulled the pin out of the fire extinguisher and it went off all over the back of the ambulance.
We pulled back into the station and made him clean it up with a dry mop, which took quite a while. We were pulling out again to go eat and it happened again! Somehow he managed to set off another one and had to clean it again, although we helped him the second time. He's much more careful these days.
I was stage managing a musical in a very large theatre, which has the seating layed out at a rather steep angle. It was our very long weekend tech day and a volunteer group had set up a pasta buffet dinner in the cafeteria for our 130+ cast and crew. I had just confirmed that they were ready for us and the director told me to make the announcement while all of the actors were on stage.
Imagine a rush of over one-hundred people running off the stage and up two long isles. It looked like the stampede from Disney's "The Lion King"!! It was the most hilarious site that I did not even care that I stayed to watch the end of it instead of getting a good spot in line.
While I was at the gorcery store I fell in the shopping cart while talking to a girl and the cart rolled down a hill and tipped over. How embarrassing.
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